Lying and Deception: Theory and Practice

Paperback | May 10, 2012

byThomas L. Carson

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Thomas Carson offers the most comprehensive and up-to-date investigation of moral and conceptual questions about lying and deception. Part I addresses conceptual questions and offers definitions of lying, deception, and related concepts such as withholding information, "keeping someone in thedark," and "half truths." Part II deals with questions in ethical theory. Carson argues that standard debates about lying and deception between act-utilitarians and their critics are inconclusive because they rest on appeals to disputed moral intuitions. He defends a version of the golden rule and atheory of moral reasoning. His theory implies that there is a moral presumption against lying and deception that causes harm - a presumption at least as strong as that endorsed by act-utilitarianism. He uses this theory to justify his claims about the issues he addresses in Part III: deception and withholding information in sales, deception in advertising, bluffing in negotiations, the duties of professionals to inform clients, lying and deception by leaders as a pretext for fighting wars, andlying and deception about history (with special attention to the Holocaust), and cases of distorting the historical record by telling half-truths. The book concludes with a qualified defence of the view that honesty is a virtue.

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Thomas Carson offers the most comprehensive and up-to-date investigation of moral and conceptual questions about lying and deception. Part I addresses conceptual questions and offers definitions of lying, deception, and related concepts such as withholding information, "keeping someone in thedark," and "half truths." Part II deals with...

Thomas L. Carson is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. He is the author of two books, Value and the Good Life (University of Notre Dame Press) and The Status of Morality (D.Reidel), and is the co-editor of Morality and the Good Life (OUP) and Moral Relativism (OUP).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:298 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:May 10, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction and PrecisPart I: Concepts1. Lying2. Deception and Related ConceptsPart II: Moral TheoryPart II A: Normative Ethical Theory3. Kant and the Absolute Prohibition against Lying4. Act-Utilitarianism5. Ross and Rule-ConsequentialismPart II B: Moral Reasoning6. The Golden Rule and a Theory of Moral ReasoningPart II C: The Implications of IIA and IIB for Questions about Lying and Deception7. The Partial Overlap/Convergence of Reasonable ViewsPart III: Applications8. Deception and Withholding Information on Sales9. Deception in Advertising10. Bluffing and Deception in Negotiations11. Honesty, Professionals, and the Vulnerability of the Public12. Lying and Deception about Questions of War and Peace: Case Studies13. Honesty, Conflicts, and the Telling of History: More Case Studies14. Honesty as a VirtueBibliographyIndex

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Review from previous edition: "Carson has threaded years of scholarship on this topic into a rich and coherent account. Two thumbs up!" --Business Ethics Quarterly